The battle for authenticity is joined by the big boys

  Last month Patron launched a new tequila brand in the United States that is notable for what it borrows from mezcal and some of  tequila brands who never gave up on the traditional manufacturing methods. Roca Patron is marketed entirely on the basis of being milled...

Mezcal in the Aegean aka Noxious mescal on Naxos

Our man on Naxos sent in this photo to demonstrate just how far we have to go in explaining mezcal to the world: Per our correspondent this is the menu of the “Mexican” restaurant on Naxos. It obviously has much to account for including a paucity of...

What's tequila doing in a mezcal blog?

Jokes aside our friends over at Taste Tequila have a great new iPhone app that helps you keep track of your favorite tequilas and everything else in that world. Take a look at Tequila Matchmaker and start lobbying them for a mezcal version. I’m told that an...
A Taste of LA with mezcal

A Taste of LA with mezcal

It was a whirlwind Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles at the Taste of LA held in Paramount Studios’ sprawling old New York back lot. It felt very much like a street festival with potholes and cracked sidewalks which ensured that the high heeled crowd had to tread...

In defense of tequila

Patricia Colunga has a provocative opinion piece in today’s La Jornada on tequila, NOM-186, and the battle over denominación de origen for agave distillates in Mexico. Update: Here’s a quick translation of Patricia’s piece by Elliot Heilman:   IN...